Groove Merchant

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
John Cocuzzi has long been a favorite at jazz parties for his swinging vibes, in addition to occasionally taking a turn at the piano and singing as well; he's been a featured artist since the inception of the Atlanta Jazz Party. But in a career that dates back to the 1990s, he has been recorded only sporadically, and this 2012 CD is his first CD to be issued on a widely distributed jazz label. For these sessions, Cocuzzi sticks to vibes with a few vocals, surrounded by a number of musicians who've played with him at jazz parties and/or on record dates: pianist John Sheridan, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Frank Tate, drummer Joe Ascione, and clarinetist Antti Sarpila who ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
John Cocuzzi has long been a favorite at jazz parties for his swinging vibes, in addition to occasionally taking a turn at the piano and singing as well; he's been a featured artist since the inception of the Atlanta Jazz Party. But in a career that dates back to the 1990s, he has been recorded only sporadically, and this 2012 CD is his first CD to be issued on a widely distributed jazz label. For these sessions, Cocuzzi sticks to vibes with a few vocals, surrounded by a number of musicians who've played with him at jazz parties and/or on record dates: pianist John Sheridan, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Frank Tate, drummer Joe Ascione, and clarinetist Antti Sarpila who doubles on soprano sax. What's apparent right away is that the vibraphonist planned ahead by selecting a mix of familiar and forgotten songs, while finding a way to give them a fresh sound. Though Cocuzzi is a strong soloist, he isn't one to hog the spotlight, satisfied with taking a couple of choruses before sharing space with his mates. Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing" is recast as an easygoing samba, showcasing Sarpilla's playful clarinet, while the subtle swing of the vintage "Mellow Guitar" puts the spotlight on Chirillo, Cocuzzi, Sarpilla on soprano, and Sheridan in turn. Cocuzzi's warm vocal in "Last Night on the Back Porch I Loved Her Most of All" is sincere rather than salacious, even though the song was considered suggestive when it was written in 1920s; it was considered wholesome enough to be recorded by Mitch Miller for his Singalong with Mitch series. "Je Ne Sais Pa" is a delicious swinger penned by Lionel Hampton and Hank Jones that sounds like it was written at the heyday of the Swing Era; Sarpilla's alternately gritty and lightly swinging clarinet and Cocuzzi's rapid-fire vibes keep it lively. Fats Waller's "Minor Drag" is full of pep as well, focusing on Sheridan's stride chops, Sarpilla's fiery soprano, and the leader's economical but potent vibes. Groove Merchant reinforces what jazz party fans have known for years: John Cocuzzi swings effortlessly every time, inspiring those sharing the stage or studio with him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941141726
  • Catalog Number: 19417
  • Sales rank: 352,553

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cocuzzi Primary Artist, Vocals, Vibes
Joe Ascione Drums, Djembe, Shaker
James Chirillo Guitar
Frank Tate Bass
John Sheridan Piano
Antti Sarpila Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Caisse Claire
Technical Credits
Billy Hill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Hank Jones Composer
Jerome Richardson Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Walter Donaldson Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Jack King Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Harold Adamson Composer
John Cocuzzi Producer
Steve Homan Composer
Bill Moss Engineer, Mastering
Carl Schraubstader Composer
Michael Steinman Liner Notes
Nancy Giffin Cover Design
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